Durham University has appointed its new Vice-Chancellor and Warden following an extensive appointment process.
Professor Stuart Corbridge, currently Deputy Director and Provost at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will be Durham University’s 24th Vice-Chancellor. He will take up his position on 1 September 2015.
Commenting on his appointment Professor Corbridge said: “Durham is a very special university. Its colleges, history, stunning buildings and excellence on two sites make it a wonderful place to study and work. The University also contributes very significantly to the life of north east England. It will be a pleasure and an honour to work with colleagues to move the University forwards.”
Professor Corbridge has an impressive personal research record and extensive experience in a range of leadership positions. He has overseen LSE’s research portfolio and led the School’s outstanding Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) submission. He has also driven transformation in both the academic career structure and the student experience through the development of innovative new courses.
A Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts, Professor Corbridge has previously held roles at a number of universities, both nationally and internationally, including the University of Cambridge and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
His major research interests include geopolitics, governance and public service delivery in India, forest politics and forest protection in India and the history of development thought.
Robert Gillespie, Chair of Durham University Council, said: “Professor Corbridge is an exceptional candidate who has good depth and breadth of leadership and management experience as well as having made a significant contribution to his academic area through his own fieldwork and publications. We look forward to his arrival in Durham for the start of the new academic year.”
Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: “LSE is enormously proud that Durham University has appointed Professor Corbridge as Vice-Chancellor.
“Stuart has served with distinction as a teacher and researcher, as Head of the Department of International Development, as Pro-Director for Research, and as Provost and Deputy-Director. He has been a leader in developing and implementing strategy and he was instrumental to the School's recent outstanding achievement in the REF.
“Inevitably our pride and excitement for Stuart is tinged with sadness. We will miss a good friend and a passionate supporter and advocate for our School."
Interim leadership will continue to be provided by Professor Ray Hudson, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Warden.